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Masterclass: Coercive Control, Stalking and Harassment (WEBINAR)

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Masterclass Webinar: Coercive Control, Stalking and Harassment 

Delivered and hosted by Jolene Ellat FDV specialist and Dr Lorraine Sheridan a recognised global expert on stalking and harassment.

Special Guest Jess Hill investigative journalist, author and speaker who focuses primarily on social issues and gendered violence.

Special Guest Nicole Madigan investigative journalist, with a special interest in domestic and family violence.  

Guest Speaker Dr Alison Evans CEO of The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing.

Special discounted rate of $99.00 - normally priced at $120.00

Click here to download webinar agenda.

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Coercive control can be described as “a pattern of domination that includes tactics to isolate, degrade, exploit and control” victims. Patterns of controlling behaviour, such as stalking and harassment and psychological abuse, are known predictors of serious violence and homicide.

While Australia is in deep discussions on criminalising coercive control, the responses from practitioners to victims and men who use violence are critical in providing interruption strategies to reduce homicides and other harms across Australia and New Zealand.

The Coercive Control, Stalking and Harassment Masterclass will give you a deeper insight into the insidious presentations of FDV, Coercive Control, and Stalking and Harassment, and how these problems can co-occur. The Masterclass will also explore the impacts on victims and survivors and service system responses. We will provide you with relevant risk screening questions that assess for coercive controlphysical harm, imminent risk and valuable methods to help identify cases of stalking and harassment

Delivered virtually over four hours, with micro-breaks, this Masterclass will also engage you to consider the fundamentals of stalking, risk assessment and risk management, perpetrator typologies to consider when engaging perpetrators or survivors, stages to homicide and interruption strategies, and how to provide optimal support.

This Masterclass will enable an understanding of the complexities of domestic abuse and the tools required to make informed decisions as a practitioner that validate target experiences, enhance their safety and reduce risk.

Jess Hill is an acclaimed investigative journalist whose works have deeply explored the topics of coercive control and gendered violence. During our webinar, we will be engaging in a live discussion on these issues. We will also be discussing Jess’s new podcast series, which further investigates the private and public dimensions of coercive control.

Nicole Madigan was stalked online for over three years, which had a devastating impact on her life. The relentless and debilitating experience wreaked havoc in her personal and professional life, leaving her trapped in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

One of the highlights of the masterclass will be the discussion of Nicole's newly published book, "Obsession," which delves into the topic of stalking. As someone who has dedicated her career to uncovering hidden truths and bringing justice to victims, Nicole's insights and personal experience are sure to be valuable and informative from a victim-survivor lens. 

This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the leading journalists, authors, specialist and experts on these subjects, and we are excited to be able to host and incredible lineup for this webinar. 

What will you gain from attending this Masterclass?

  • A framework of forms of abuse and perpetrator subtypes to help identify abusive dynamics and risk, and to help tailor responses
  • Identification and understanding of stages to homicide 
  • A brief psychology of how a perpetrator of stalking is created
  • Understanding a perpetrator's intentions
  • Identifying professional collusion in our own practices
  • Ability to identify coercive control, stalking and harassment and look at risk differently 
  • Opportunity to apply theory to practice 

Who should attend?
Anyone working in the community, government, police and justice sectors with responsibility for:

  • Family/Domestic Violence
  • Women’s Services
  • Men’s Behaviour Change
  • Children/Child Protection
  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Drug and Alcohol

What can I expect from this virtual Masterclass?  
Even though it's a webinar, you won’t miss out on any of the benefits of a face-to-face event! Here’s what you can expect.

  • Highly interactive learning - designed to give you the same interactive and hands-on learning experiences as in-person training. Get involved through small group breakout sessions, Q&A, online interactive tools, quizzes and activities
  • Networking opportunities - collaborate and problem-solve with a network of like-minded practitioners and professionals working in the context of family and domestic violence across Australia and NZ
  • Resources: participants will be provided with a valuable method to help identify cases of stalking and harassment
Special Guest, Jess Hill

Jess Hill is a Walkley award-winning journalist who specialises in reporting on coercive control and gendered violence. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various current affairs programs across the ABC. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Recently, Jess has also produced an audio documentary series on coercive control called ‘The Trap’ (with the Victorian Women’ Trust), a Quarterly Essay on #MeToo in Australia, ‘The Reckoning’, and a new series on Consent on SBS, ‘Asking For It’.

Check out all of Jess's work here:

To listen to Jess's podcast "The Trap" click here.

Guest Speaker and webinar host, Jolene Ellat

Jolene Ellat is a domestic family violence (DFV) and sexual violence specialist. Jolene brings to DART Group over 15 years of experience and expertise through varying roles across the DFV sector. Jolene Ellat is also founder and Director of the Domestic Abuse Resource and Training Group (DART Group).

Read full bio here: https://www.dartgroupaustralia...

Guest Speaker, Dr Lorraine Sheridan

Dr Lorraine Sheridan is a Forensic Psychologist and former academic. Lorraine brings to DART Group over 25 years of experience specialising in stalking, family violence, and threat assessment.

Lorraine qualified in the UK and moved to Perth in 2012. Until early 2022 she was an Associate Professor in psychology at Curtin University. She now works as a Forensic Psychologist in private practice. Lorraine is a former President of the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Recognised as a global expert on stalking and family violence, Lorraine has published five books and more than 80 papers in refereed scientific journals. Her areas of research include stalking, harassment, family violence, cybercrime, risk and threat assessment, campus safety, Islamophobia, racial and religious discrimination, suicide in prisons, celebrity worship, offender profiling, psychopathy, male rape, repeat criminal victimisation, policing, legislative change, sexual assault, suicide in Aboriginal populations, DNA and fingerprints, drug dependent offenders, mentally disordered offenders, and internet sex offenders.

Read full bio here: https://www.dartgroupaustralia...

Special Guest, Nicole Madigan

Nicole Madigan is an investigative journalist, with a special interest in domestic and family violence. She has worked as a print journalist for New Corp and an on-air reporter and presenter with the Nine Network, filing stories for Brisbane program Extra, lifestyle show Weekend Extra and National Nine News. As a freelance journalist her work has been published in the The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian, The Courier Mail, Sunday Life, The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Health Times, MiNDFOOD, and Mamamia.

Nicole was stalked online for over three years. The relentless and debilitating experience wreaked havoc in her personal and professional life, leaving her trapped in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

Find out more about Nicole and her newly launched book "Obsession" - a journalist and victim-survivor's investigation into stalking, click here:

To purchase Nicole's book click here.

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